Garth Brooks just got caught lip-syncing at the CMA Awards. Well, he hardly hid the fact so maybe caught is the wrong word. His last album was the excellent Gunslinger, his greatest hits has a lot of greatests and a lot of hits, I missed him last year at MetLife but am happy to make up for that misfortune on Friday at the Prudential. His wife Trisha Yearwood will be with him and she is no slouch herself.
Monday – Jay Z – Barclay Center – I’ve had tickets and missed him three times this year, so finally I am gonna see Jay Z… what I’ve seen on video has been disappointing and Jay Woke Z is a depressing concept but maybe you have to be there in person. I remember the “Fade To Black” gig all those years ago… I get a sense it won’t be that.
Monday – Liam Gallagher – T5 – I have a ticket and really planned to go… I can’t face a sold out Terminal 5… too annoying, too crowded, I won’t see a thing and I’ll leave early thoroughly pissed off.
Tuesday – Kirk Franklin & Ledisi: The Rebel, The Soul & The Saint Tour – Kings Theatre – Gospel singer Kirk Franklin just got cool with the help of young Chance The Rapper, so this is gonna be a huge coming out party for the 25 year veteran.
Tuesday – Jessie Reyez – Bowery Ballroom – SOLD OUT! The terrific indie soul rocker is excellent on stage, this is a must see.
Wednesday – Beach Slang, Dave Hause, Homeless Gospel Choir – Gramercy Theatre – I wouldn’t mind adding this to the collection of must see indie rock bands, maybe I’ll try and make it. Their new EP is well worth hearing.
Thursday – Adir L.C. – Mercury Lounge – Power pop Israeli heartthrob Adir is a Saddle Creek contract away from breaking through.
Thursday – L.A.M.F. – 40th Anniversary of Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Performed In Its Entirety By Walter Lure (Heartbreakers), Mike Ness (Social Distortion), Clem Burke (Blondie), & Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) Plus Surprise Guests, Jesse Malin – MHOW – Or the New York Times punk revival story come to life.
Friday – A Holiday Evening with – Brett Eldredge – Irving Plaza – If I wasn’t going to see Garth Brooks I would have absolutely made it to this show. Brett was terrific opening for Luke Bryan last Spring and his current eponymous album is one of the best of the year. “Love Someone” is among the best songs of the year.
Friday – Power Live – Fat Joe Performing Live – La Boom – The legendary Latin Fat Joe from way before reggaeton, let alone Latin Trap, should kill it at this smaller venue.
Saturday – Hallmark Channel Presents Mariah Carey All I Want For Christmas Is You – Beacon Theatre – Mariah cancelled her first three dates at this residency but if last year’s performance is anything to go by (my review here) catch this one.
Saturday – Morrissey – The Theatre At Madison Square Garden – I have my doubts about this one, I’m not crazy about the new album and he is really an ass (even when he’s right he’s an ass, and he’s wrong about Kevin and Harvey -two over privileged assholes who are getting what they deserve. I am less sure about Al Franken), so let’s see.
Saturday – The Dream Syndicate, The Richard Lloyd Group – Steve and co have one of the best albums of the year under their belt and Richard is really really old school.
Saturday, Sunday – Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Sad13 – Nice line up of way too cool indie rockers.
Sunday – St. Vincent Fear The Future Tour – King’s Theatre – I thought she was very good when I caught her this summer, and the new album is great. But a Sunday???
Sunday – Gin Blossoms – 25th Anniversary of NEW MISERABLE EXPERIENCE – This is a great album and it wasn’t the lead singer who drunk, drunk, drunk himself to death.
Sunday – Steve Earle & The Dukes with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams – Town Hall – Impressive line up.
contracts its world in Nashisms
let’s take what we are offered
It’s the music, stupid
a restless and fearless freak show
Eminem and Calvin couldn’t move Bey
summer’s entertainment is rewarded
compares the end of a romance to the end of life
House pure and simple